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Sample M.S.W. Employed Social Worker Plan of Study
 
 
This part-time plan of study is for applicants with a bachelor's degree (in any field) who have been employed in the social work profession for at least three years with M.S.W. supervision.  You need to demonstrate competence in the field of social work, and your experience should reflect direct practice.

Also, your employer must agree to provide you with a 28-hour per week fieldwork placement experience during your Advanced Phase of study.  The fieldwork should include both a change of assignment and supervisor.

This plan of study can be completed in three or four years.  You could complete this plan in three years by moving electives or the Policy Analysis class into other semesters or summer sessions.


COURSEWORK


The first and second years of classes (Foundation Phase) are the same for all students. 

The courses in the third year are determined by your concentration:

Learn more about each concentration on our Concentrations page.

Learn more about the classes in the sample schedules below on our Courses and Master Syllabi pages.


FIELD INSTRUCTION

In this plan of study, you take the Foundation Phase coursework but you are not required to complete the Foundation Phase fieldwork placement.  Instead, you attend a monthly fieldwork seminar/lab to discuss your on-the-job experiences and the integration of practice with theory and classroom learning.

As with all the plans of study, you must complete 66 credits before graduation.  This plan requires 51 classroom credit hours and awards 15 credits for the combined fieldwork placement experiences.

 
FIRST YEAR
 
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
SWGS 6208 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
3 SWGS 6209 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
3
SWGS 6050 Human Rights and Social Justice
3 SWGS 6006 Social Policy I: Policy and the Profession
3

SECOND YEAR
 
SWGS 6801 Social Work Practice in Research I 
3 SWGS 6802 Social Work Practice in Research II
3
SWGS 6321 Generalist Social Work Practice I with Individuals, Families,
Groups, Organizations & Communities
3 SWGS 6322 Generalist Social Work Practice II with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities 3
SWGS 6007 Social Policy II: Analysis,
Advocacy and Practice
3 Elective
3
SWGS 6907 Field Practicum Lab 3 SWGS 6907 Field Practicum Lab (continued) 0
TOTAL 18 TOTAL 15
       
THIRD YEAR (CLINICAL CONCENTRATION)

Fall Semester Credits  Spring Semester Credits
SWGS 6413 Clinical Social Work Practice I 3 Clinical Practice II
SWGS 6421 Children, Youth & Families
OR
SWGS 6420 Adults & Families
3
SWGS 6430 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I
3 Elective 3
Elective 3 SWGS 6415 Clinical Practice Seminar
3
SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work
7
SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work
(continued)
8
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 17
       
THIRD YEAR (LEADERSHIP AND MACRO PRACTICE CONCENTRATION: FOCUS A)

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
SWGS 6627 Leadership & Macro Practice I
3 SWGS 6628 Leadership & Macro Practice II
3
Elective 3 SWGS 6009 Social Policy Analysis for Macro Practitioners 3
SWGS 6625 Philanthropy and Resource Development 3 Required Elective from Leadership and Macro Practice (Focus A)
3
SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work 7 SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work (continued)
8
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 17
       
THIRD YEAR (LEADERSHIP AND MACRO PRACTICE CONCENTRATION: FOCUS B)

Fall Semester Credits  Spring Semester Credits
SWGS 6627 Leadership & Macro Practice I
3 SWGS 6628 Leadership & Macro Practice II 3
SWGS 6413 Clinical Practice I
3 Clinical Practice II
SWGS 6421 Children, Youth & Families
OR
SWGS 6420 Adults & Families
3
SWGS 6430 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I 3 Required Elective from Leadership and Macro Practice (Focus B) 3
SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work 7 SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work (continued) 8
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 17
       
THIRD YEAR (RESEARCH CONCENTRATION)

Fall Semester Credits  Spring Semester Credits 
SWGS 6812 Advanced Research I
3 SWGS 6813 Advanced Research II
3
Required Elective
3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work 7 SWGS 6908 Combined Field Work (continued) 8
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 17
       

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